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It's possible for any nurse to become overwhelmed and burned out and this is especially true of pediatric nurses, according to healthworkscollective.com. After all, you're dealing with trying circumstances over and over as you see children sick or in pain, so you may be more likely to become emotionally and mentally overwhelmed. You'll need to take care of yourself mentally and physically in order to do your best work for your patients and ensure your own well-being.
Although you need to maintain a certain professional distance, it's important to be empathetic. A cold attitude isn't appealing, even if you're having a bad day. Being warm and sympathetic toward children and their families will help them be more comfortable with you as well as with their situation, healthworkscollective.com said.
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Critical thinking skills
Since very young patients often can't explain how they're feeling, pediatric nurses need to have excellent critical thinking skills, according to nursingjobs.com. Kids may be scared or distracted, so it can be difficult to get clear answers to questions about their symptoms. You'll need to be able to get the information you need – including what you glean from the children's families – despite the challenges.
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Even when children are sick, nurses can bring a little playfulness into their lives to help relax them. Fun distractions and a playful manner can help make children more at ease, and nurses at allnurses.com recommend songs, games and items like small stuffed animals that can cling to a stethoscope.